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NEWS RELEASE – Ashley Madison breech no surprise, says Canadian Author.s

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Ashley Madison breech no surprise, says Canadian Author

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (August 24, 2015) – When Canadian author Marianne Curtis took on the world of Internet dating in her first full length romantic fiction A Discreet Betrayal, she unknowingly predicted what could happen should an unsuspecting partner discover their lover cheating via the Internet.

“I can completely understand and empathize with every person who discovers their partner cheated on sites like Ashley Madison. I still remember the day I discovered the site existed; the ‘dating’ site, along with a similar site were the basis of A Discreet Betrayal,” stated Curtis. “Cheating is not something new; but the means to cheat have changed. These days, the internet is part of nearly everyone’s life. If something is missing in a relationship, it is easier than ever to step out, without your partner ever being the wiser. Let me be clear though, from my experience it is not just unhappy partners who cheat. Couples do have open relationships; and there are many of those people on these sites as well.”

In the middle of August, email addresses and banking information of nearly 37 million members was released publicly after hackers attacked Ashley Madison’s database. Ashley Madison advertises that “Life is Short, Have an Affair”. So far 19 and Counting  family member Josh Dugger is among the first members to admit to using the site to cheat on his wife, and mother of his children.

In A Discreet Betrayal, Curtis uses her own personal Internet dating experiences as inspiration to recount the story of Emma, a magazine journalist who specializes in investigative pieces.  At the urging of her best friend,  single Emma joins an online dating site where she meets Stephan, the man of her dreams. Unfortunately a revealing email suggests her fiancé is leading a sordid double life.

While investigating the depth of his duplicity, Emma is surprisingly reunited with an old college room-mate with whom she shares a life changing secret.  When Hannah’s estranged husband attempts to kill her, Emma risks her own life to protect her friend from his wrath. In a shocking twist, Emma discovers more to her fiancé’s deception than first anticipated, including a stunning connection that is guaranteed to leave readers gasping in shock and horror.

Inspired by true events,  Marianne Curtis’ first attempt at romantic fiction is written in a pure, vivid voice, draws readers in and has them cheering for Emma right to the last page.

What others are saying:

“Although this isn’t my usual read (romance), I found it interesting and got pulled into the story which is a who-dunnit after all. Well done, Ms. Curtis.” Robert Stermscheg

“This novel has the biggest surprise I never saw coming. Yes, part of the story is about Emma and Stephan’s romance. The thrills are plentiful. The mystery will confuse anybody. The horror! Set in Canada, this book is deeply thought provoking.” Mitsy

A Discreet Betrayal is available at these locations:

Amazon.com – http://amzn.com/1490498362

Amazon.ca – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1490498362

Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/a-discreet-betrayal

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-discreet-betrayal-marianne-curtis/1118821283?ean=9781490498362


Marianne Curtis

For almost two decades, Marianne Curtis has been the head writer for the Dawson Trail Dispatch, Manitoba’s only privately owned newspaper.  During that time, she has published more than 7,000 articles in the monthly paper.   Writing her first book, Finding Gloria was her way of healing from the past and finding peace with her life.  Originally intended to be an outlet for her own healing, Curtis has been surprised and touched by the stories she hears from readers and the way that her story has helped them to share theirs.

Visit her website at: http://mariannecurtisauthor.wix.com/mariannecurtis

Follow on Twitter: WriterChick68

“Like” Marianne Curtis on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FindingGloria

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Contact:

Marianne Curtis, author

mariannecurtis.author@gmail.com

(204) 878-2408

Oak Island Publications

Oakislandpublications@gmail.com

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NEW RELEASE – Presenting Fearlessly by Anna Coleshaw-Echols

Emerald Publications is thrilled to announced the release of Anna Coleshaw-Echols new ebook, Presenting Fearlessly! Congratulations!!!

There are a ton of books on the market about public speaking, but when Anna began writing her new textbook Giving the Gift of Public Speaking, as a replacement for the old workbook that she had been using, her research took a different tack. She learned that not only were many people afraid of speaking in public but, with a few simple strategies, she could help so many future speakers overcome their initial jitters.

After much research and many hours in the classroom, this book was born.

Many books on public speaking focus on improving speech creation and basic presentation skills, which are helpful to those who already enjoy speaking in public. This book, however, can take a non-speaker and assist them in conquering their fears and concerns in order to begin seeking out speaking opportunities as well as to propel an already good speaker to greatness.

Anna has compiled a list of 37 of the most common public speaking fears and set out to conquer each and every one of them with solutions and strategies that anyone can utilize. The strategies, ideas and insights in this book are gleaned from Anna’s years of speaking and training experience and are proven in both the public speaking arena and everyday life.

You can purchase your copy here.

Or Visit her website here!

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Manitoba Author Applauds Ability to Publish Rehtaeh Parsons’ name

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 MB Author Applauds Ability to Publish Rehtaeh Parsons’ name  

ILE DES CHENES, Manitoba (December 17, 2014) – Marianne Curtis, author of Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors applauds today’s decision by Nova Scotia Attorney General and Minister of Justice that the media would not be prosecuted for publishing Rehtaeh Parsons name as long as it was used respectfully.

Last month, the Manitoba author released Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors, which consists of stories of bullying survivors from Canada, the US and UK. Despite the publication ban, Leah Parsons story appears in the publication. Rehtaeh Parsons’ case attained worldwide notoriety when she committed suicide after months of cyber-bullying.

After Rehtaeh’s death, her mother, Leah, turned to social media to tell her daughter’s story. The hacker collective Anonymous got involved and intense pressure from them, the public, and the provincial government prompted the police to re-open the case. New evidence turned up and was given to Halifax police, who laid charges against two boys: one with production and distribution of child pornography and one with distribution of child pornography. There is a statutory ban on the naming of victims in child pornography cases in Canada, yet the media continued to name Rehtaeh Parsons until April 2014, when Nova Scotia Provincial Court Judge Jamie Campbell ordered the ban.

“I was honoured that Leah trusted me with Rehtaeh’s story. Her story inspired this book, including its name. I was raped in school, and expelled 30 years ago. I connected with her when I realized that if social media had been available in 1984, I may have done the same thing,” stated Curtis. “I had to do something to honour her life, and we have all been through this in one way or another. It just affects us differently. When I shared this with people, the stories started coming in.”

“In the book, I hated the fact I had to change her name to “Heather” otherwise I could get fined or jailed. Her story matters, her story will change lives. But to do that, we need to be able to use her name. I am thrilled that I can now go back, and change her name to Rehtaeh, and celebrate the young woman she was,” Curtis added. “I have already made the amendments to this book.”

Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors is a collection of real stories, written by real people who have suffered at the hands of bullies.  In each story, contributors dig deep into their own painful memories, to vulnerably expose their horrors with the hope that their survival will inspire others to fight. Along with real stories, Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors includes vital information that could help readers identify and stop bullying in their home or community.

What others are saying about Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors

“This is an excellent book which gives an insight into the lives of those who have lived with bullying. It is an honest, nitty gritty book full of stories of survivers. This book is at times hard to read because the stories are heartbreaking, but, when you know they are true stories; it really does make you think. This book should be read by teachers, school kids and parents.” – Julianna, Amazon Reviewer

“I’m so proud that this book is Canadian! While the resources and many of the stories included in this book are from all over North America and beyond, this book would help anyone dealing with bullying whether an adult or a child no matter where a person is from! Reading stories written by people who have survived bullying will lead to more and more people coming out with their personal story which is so empowering for them and can only be beneficial to battling the bullying epidemic that surrounds people of all ages. What an amazing compilation of stories, and while many of these stories are heartbreaking it is clear why each contributor is part of this book as a whole. – B. Howie, Amazon Reviewer

“The stories in this book are heartfelt and honest. The people who contributed share their stories with brutal honesty, but many also have that breath of hope. These people are hopeful that they can make a change and they are hopeful that they will overcome their traumatic experiences. There are resources in the back of the book – and more than just a list of phone numbers. There is information about bullying in the home, the school, and the workplace, how to identify it, how to report it, and who to turn to if you can’t cope with it. This is information that should be made available to every parent, teacher, counsellor, HR rep or union rep responsible for workplace harassment claims, teen, pre-teen,” Casia Schreyer, Amazon Review

Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors was released worldwide as a paperback and e-book on Amazon by Emerald Publications. The updated version is already available online. It will also available in several stores locally, including McNally Robinson in Winnipeg. Copies can be ordered online through the author’s website and various online bookstores including Barnes and Noble and Apple.

A complimentary PDF EBOOK is available for review


About the Author

Marianne Curtis is a well respected newspaper journalist for the Dawson Trail Dispatch in southern Manitoba, Canada with nearly twenty years of media, publishing, and freelance writing experience. Her first book, a personal memoir called Finding Gloria hit the bestseller list at McNally Robinson Bookstores in Winnipeg, and on Amazon in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom. Curtis’s other published titles include: Moondust and Madness: a collection of poetry, Behind Whispering Pines, Brian’s Last Ride and A Discreet Betrayal.  

In 2013, she received a YWCA Woman of Distinction nod for inspiring others by sharing her story of struggle and survival after recovering from childhood abuse, bullying,  and sexual assault.

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The author is available for public appearances, including (but not exclusive to) book clubs, libraries, media interviews and speaking engagements.

Contact:

Marianne Curtis, author

mariannecurtis.author@gmail.com

(204)794-1207

or

emeraldpublications.wordpress.com

emeraldpublication@gmail.com


Visit http://www.poynter.org/news/mediawire/276517/canadian-ban-on-printing-rehtaeh-parsons-name-extends-to-advertisements-family-finds/ for the full story about the ban.

or

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/12/17/no_one_will_be_prosecuted_after_breaking_of_rehtaeh_parsons_publication_ban.html

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Rae of Hope contributor “Warrior Mom” shares her story with Weyburn media

Carlyle Mother Battles Bullies After 10-Year-Old Son Attempts Suicide

A Carlyle mother has been dubbed “warrior mom” in a brand new book called “Rae of Hope” by Marianne Curtis after going to battle against bullies for her son.

Jenna Nickie Therens has been very vocal about the dangers of bullying in schools after her 10-year-old son tried to hang himself in late September. She feels her son was bullied by a teacher as well as other students, leading to his depression.

“This one boy was sitting on his chest choking him on the playground and the teachers weren’t seeing it,” said Therens. “I’m not sure where the teachers were.”

Therens says her son’s school has done what they can to make the school day easier for him since the incident, however, he has not felt able to attend the elementary school in nearly two weeks and she is now considering home schooling. She says she doesn’t want to point fingers at the school but wants to be a voice for change and would like to see programs like “No Such Thing as a Bully” implemented in every school in the country.

Therens first shared her son’s bullying problem and suicide attempt through Facebook in mid-October and said she has received over 800 messages of support and many personal stories have been shared, with about two dozen voicing similar problems in the Southeast. She has started a Facebook page called “One for All and All for Everyone” to share personal experiences and find solutions to bullying.

She has a message for parents, “talk to your kids. Just keep talking to your kids; keep that communication line open, it’s so important. When they stop talking that’s really the scariest thing for a parent. And don’t stop, don’t give up, keep fighting for your kids, they need you.”

The province is currently recognizing Bullying Awareness Week.


The original story is here including her amazing radio interview

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New Book Provides Rae of Hope for Bullying Survivors – AM 1250

An interview I had with Michelle Sawatsky from AM 1250; this is the resulting story

New Book Provides Rae of Hope For Bullying Survivors

A local author used some of her own past experiences of being bullied as part of a collection of bullying survivor stories called “Rae of Hope” being launched Tuesday.
Marianne Curtis of Steinbach said when Bill 18 became a big issue here, she felt it was important for her to share her story, as she had been severely bullied in this area and was concerned that regulated changes would actually make a difference.
“I actually thought bullying was normal – that’s the sad part. When people I went to school with came forward with their own bullying stories, they encouraged me to share my story. I realized it was important to share my own story as well.”
She found that telling her story was very therapeutic, so she wanted to share this with other bullying survivors. She sent out a call over social media for people to share their bullying stories with her and she received submissions from all over Canada, USA and the UK.
“A lot of their stories were worse than mine, and it was really cool to give a voice to some of these stories that had never been spoken before, not even to family.”
Curtis said her book was supposed to be one book about bullying, but after receiving stories about sexual violence, child abuse, etc, it has inspired her to write an additional five other books to be a part of a  six-book series.
“This project has grown into something beyond writing a book. It’s inspiring other people to find healing and help, because that’s the only way to get over it.
Curtis encourages people to wear blue in support of the “Stop Bullying” message to the book launch at Jake Epp Library, Tuesday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

http://www.steinbachonline.com/local/132134-new-book-provides-rae-of-hope-for-bullying-survivors

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